Reblogged from Life in the Realm of Fantasy:
Today we’re looking at the sometimes confusing apostrophe. It has many uses, but I will only delve into the most common ways we use it in creative writing today.
In creative writing, the apostrophe is a small morsel of punctuation that, on the surface, seems simple. However, certain common applications can be confusing, so as we get to those I will try to be as concise and clear as possible.
First up, we all know that we use the apostrophe to denote possession:
- This is George’s cat. (George owns this cat.)
- This is Jorgensen’s cat. (A person who is going by the surname of Jorgensen owns the cat.)
Where this gets a little tricky is in the possessive form of a surname when it refers to the whole family. In this case, you insert a grammatical article (the) and make the name plural, and then add the apostrophe:
- This is the Jorgensens’ cat. (The Jorgensen family owns the cat.)
If the Jorgensen family have a sign made for their front porch, they would have it made to read “The Jorgensens’ Home” (not “The Jorgensen’s Home,” as that would imply that only one Jorgensen lives there, and his legal name is “The Jorgensen.”)
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